A pioneering family of winemakers has seen off competition from thousands to see one of its wines come out on top.
Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019 has taken the Champion Sauvignon Blanc title at the 2019 New World Wine Awards.
In its 17th year, the awards attracted 1274 entries from 176 wineries across New Zealand and overseas.
Seventeen independent wine experts took part in a blind taste test with only varietal, vintage and country of origin noted.
The Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019 comes from the Rose Family Estate vineyards located in the Wairau Valley,
Winemakers Sam Rose and Nick Entwistle and viticulturalist Hamish Rose are extremely proud of the wine.
Sam says he believes the 2019 growing season and harvest contributed to the wines outstanding quality.
“The warm and fine weather through the late summer months allowed the development of a riper spectrum of tropical flavours, providing us with excellent blending components to create our Sauvignon Blanc” he says.